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Rickie Traeger: May 23rd 2020 Storm Chase Update




 

So I finally grabbed my gps and brought it inside and was looking at the data from the storm chase on May 23rd 2020.

Just a quick recap:  On May 23rd 2020 severe weather hit our area. It produced a few tornadoes.  The one cell I had chased from SW of Winnebago until up near Rockton. The cell was pretty intense but it couldn’t make up its mind if it wanted to drop or not. At one point, it did look like the funnel touched the ground. But i was not able to confirm it due to it becoming rain wrapped.

I was told about a cell south of me that produced a tornado and the initial reports to me were saying a large tornado on the ground with debris.

So I had to make a quick decision.  Keep following this cell near Rockton or chase the one with reports of a large tornado on the ground. So, I made a mistake and chose to go after the reports of the large tornado on the ground near Chana that was going to be heading into Winnebago County. From the reports that were being told to me, it sounded like that would have been the better cell at that moment. So I went to go chase the Chana cell.  Big mistake…………………………

Shortly after I stopped chasing the rotating wall cloud near Rockton/South Beloit area, it ended up dropping a tornado!

Talk about a kick to the nuts, LOL.  I had chased that cell for awhile, then it finally produced just a short time after I had left it.   🙁

That cell to the South I went to chase, ended up being a huge bust when I got to it. Nothing but heavy heavy heavy rain!   Couldn’t see anything at all.

 

So, back on topic now. I pulled up the data from my GPS  and was looking at the data.  Yes, I am a few days late, LOL.   It is pretty interesting to see the data from the storm chase. I am going to see if I can upload it here somehow or if I have to manually input it. If I have to manually input the data into my website, it might take a little more longer. I should know here in a second….

K, well scratch that. I guess it is going to be a few. Because I can’t export it to here. So it appears I will be doing it manually 🙁  LOL

Dang, i was hoping it would do it automatically, lol.   Maybe I should of held off on posting this, until I can upload the data, LOL.

On side note though, my friend Kelly was able to film the Chana tornado. She was chasing that cell and was able to film it!
Congrats Kelly and Erik!

Also the NWS said the Chana tornado was an EF-1 tornado. I am not sure on the rating of the other tornadoes in the area.

I was told there were 7 tornadoes overall, I just read on the NWS site.

 

 

 








Rickie Traeger: May 23rd 2020 Storm Chase

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May 23rd 2020 Storm Chase

The NWS predicted some severe weather was possible for our area later in the day. I honestly did not think much of it.
Because the last time I looked at the models, it did not impress me much.
So I did not think much was going to happen in our area.  I guess I was wrong………..

Bill (KC9OJP)  started up a Winnebago County SKYWARN activation net.

(Listen to the audio below!)

I might write up a detailed article about this chase, so look forward to that later on sometime.

Below are several videos and photos.  Wish I could recover my content from my cell phone.
My cell phone got soaked and ended up being fried. So I lost all my photos and videos from the storm.
I was able to recover some, but not the good footage 🙁

Watch the videos in HD if possible


Winnebago County SKYWARN activation net audio








Rickie Traeger: New SD Card Working Great!




So I tried to recover my data from that SD card from my previous post.  

I was hoping it had recorded some dash camera footage of some deer that were crossing the roadway.

Come to find out, I was able to recover the data that was on there. BUT…………

Literally about 10 seconds before seeing the deer, is when the sd card went corrupt.

So it did not even save that footage at all, so it ended up being nothing to recover.

But with all bad things, always comes good stuff.

I was able to buy bigger and better SD card for the camera now.  🙂

I put it to the test, and working great now!

I am using my SJ5000 camera as my dash camera now. 😉

 

 








Rickie Traeger: SD Card Error , grrrr




Good morning everyone!  

I was using my gopro as a dash camera to see how well it does.  Well I was traveling down the road and 3 deer jumped out in front of my vehicle.

I had to slam on the brakes, to avoid hitting them. I was doing 5 under. I never speed these days.  Thankfully I was doing my usual 5 under the speed limit!

3 Deer jumped out in front of me! Thankfully, I was able to stop and let them cross the road.  I was thinking damn that was pretty close.

Then i got to thinking I am recording with my gopro and thought that would be some cool footage.

So I get back home and the damn sd card is corrupt, grrrrrrrrr! And the messed up part about it all, the gopro had just stopped recording its last file not even 15 seconds before the deer crossed!

So I literally missed the deer, and literally missed the deer on the gopro, because the sd card got corrupt.

Now it is time to go looking for a new card.  Man, that sucks!

 








Rickie Traeger: Sunday May 17th Blog




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Hopefully everyone has had a safe and wonderful weekend!  

Not to much going on over my way.  I got my fishing license the other day. 🙂

Went fishing I think on Friday for a few.  Was hoping to go more this weekend, but it has been raining.
Supposed to rain for a few more days then warm up to almost mid to upper 80’s. I will believe when I see it, LOL.

I sure hope it does, be some good fishing 🙂

We went to the following location (photo above)  It was very beautiful there. Trees were blooming, sun was setting. Scenery was just gorgeous!

Saw some turkey, birds, a beaver dam, etc…

 








New Kids On The Block – House Party




As many of you know I love  New Kids On the Block.  Huge fan of theirs for years.  I caught lots of heck from friends. But hey, oh well. I like the them!  I was browsing Youtube and saw they came out with a new song!  If you grew up in the 90’s you will recognize many people in the video.  🙂

 








Rickie Traeger: Friday May 15th 2020 Blog




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Good morning everyone.   It is now officially Friday!   Friday Night Fun Net is tonight 🙂  146.610 or 147.195

I am kicking back and I am watching the original Ghostbusters movie.

It is good to finally see warmer temps!

I cleaned out my tarantula cage earlier today. She now has 3 dozen crickets. So she is going to be well fed. I like to keep her well fed so she is not aggressive.  She is very skittish, but usually when shes well fed she does not move much.  She has made a new web in the terrarium. Up in the front left of the cage.  It took her awhile before she built another web. But when she did, she put it up fast.  I been tossing around the idea of selling her. There are a few people that are interested in buying her. But I don’t know if I can part with her, lol  I should post an updated photo of her soon, so you  can see how much she has grown!

Hope everyone has a safe and wonderful weekend!

 








Rickie Traeger: Jim Penniston On Fade 2 Black, Busy Work Night




I am about to listen to Jim Penniston on Fade 2 Black here in a second.  I missed the live show, so I have to watch the show archive on Youtube. Which I am about to listen too 🙂    I always look forward to listening to Jim when he does his shows.  

It has been a busy day in Rockford today and tonight.  Several shooting incidents and a few accident scenes.   So I been working all night long, and that is why I missed the F2B show.  

I did have a pleasant surprise at the one scene. I was filming and waiting for the crime scene units to process stuff. I was waiting for some good scene photos and videos, and was filming some b-film in the mean time waiting to film the crime scene units.  I noticed a vehicle approach me, and it ended up being Chief O’Shea.   Him and I chatted for a lil bit.   It was good to talk to him. And nice of him to stop and say hi.   He has always treated RS well.  Yes, I am against the encryption, lol.  But O’Shea has treated RS pretty well. It was a pleasant surprise for him to stop and say hi.  Since he was cool, I figured I show mutual respect and leave the scene. So, I was not able to film the crime scene units doing their thing. but it was by choice. O’Shea was nice and I left the scene out of respect.  As you know I work things a 2 way street. I lost out on some good footage, but the same time it was good to see and chat with him. 

Alright, I am popping off here. I am going to listen to the Jim Penniston on Fade 2 Black! 








Rickie Traeger: May 11th Blog.. Jury Duty & Old Roots




Good morning everyone!
Well I dunno if it is morning or evening, because it is 12:30 am I write this up, LOL. 

I been doing a lot of stuff with Rockford Scanner.  My overall goal with Rockford Scanner is to bring the scanner hobby back. That has been my goal from day one.  So I am going to re-focus on that some.  Even though the police encrypted their radios, there is still a lot to listen too. See that is the thing, many people assume since it is called “police scanners” that you can only listen to police.  That is wrong. There are a lot of stuff you can listen too.  Police that are not encrypted, fire, medical, aircraft, race cars, fm radio, ham radio, satellites, plus much more!

Guess what I get to do soon, JURY DUTY!    Yup, they called me into jury duty in the near future.  I have already looked up the dockets of all the trials on the date. And I have done stories on several of the trials. So I know a lot of information already on some of these trials. And from what information that I have been told, these people are NOT guilty. So it be interesting if they choose me, because I already know alot about several of these trials already and my opinion based on the stuff that has been told to me already, they are not guilty.   I wonder if they will let me do jury duty anyways, since I am a well known local journalist that knows a lot of stuff?  Shall be interesting to see on jury duty day! LOL

 








Rickie Traeger: A Lot of United Airline Aircraft At The Rockford Airport (KRFD) (RFD)




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Recently several United Airline aircraft have been flying into the Rockford Airport (KRFD)  and staying.  

I was told they are here to be parked, since things are slow, since the Covid-19 pandemic.  And while they are here, they are being maintained at the AAR.

I went out by the airport earlier today, and saw EMBRAER EMB-550 Legacy 500 geting ready to take off on runway 1/19.  And the saw all the United Airline aircraft parked on the AAR ramp. And I also noticed they had runway 7/25 closed down. I did not see why. I just saw the X on the runway and several workers out on the field. If you get the chance, go out there and check it out. Probably a once in a lifetime thing.  🙂